So a few days back we decided we were going to adopt a team to root for. With the Conference Finals set (Boston v. Tampa Bay, Vancouver v. San Jose), it’s clear that we’re going to need to commit now. Here’s the breakdown from our perspective:
In the West, I have to hope San Jose wins. There are a few reasons for this, and some of them have been outlined in our other features. The Sharks are a Pacific Division rival, but that means that we’ve got to represent Pacific Division pride. The Kings lost to the Sharks in the playoffs this season, so the better the Sharks do, the better the Kings look in comparison. Not to mention, Vancouver has those awful green men. So in the West – Go Sharks!
In the East, it’s a little more complicated, primarily because there’s less direct animosity or support for teams that we rarely interact with. Ultimately, despite the fact that the Lightening is a good story, and everyone is impressed with the performance of Yzerman this year, I can’t root for even a former Red Wing to get his team to the Cup this early. Sure, let him have some success in coming years. But so soon? Damn, we’ve got to go for the Bruins.
In the end though, if the Cup Finals end up being Boston v. San Jose (and after game 1 that doesn’t look terribly likely), it’s still going to be all Boston for us here at RinkRoyalty. The Bruins are the struggling Kings of the Eastern Conference. They’ve demonstrated the kinds of epic collapses (3-0 series lead against Philly last year?) that Kings fans know so very well. The team is well built and relying on strong play from all four lines.
You can agree, or disagree. But for now, the Kings are officially on the Bruin bandwagon. Go Bruins!